Italian Language/Ci and Vi


Hi Paolin

Are these two words interchangeable when meaning "there"?

And when ci = it, can "vi" be used instead?

Tks & rgds

Hello Joe,

sure "ci" and "vi" are interchangeable in current Italian speaking and writing when meaning "there". So, you can normally say
"Ho deciso di andarci presto"
as well as
"Ho deciso di andarvi presto".
"-ci" is usually preferred in spoken language.

Of course the matter is different when "-ci" or "-vi" are referred to persons!
In fact, "-ci" means "a noi" (to us), while "-vi" means "a voi" (to you; plural form); you will say
"Ho deciso di dirvi la verita'" (I've decided to tell you the truth)
"Ha deciso di dirci la verita'" (He has decided to tell us the truth).

A very common Italian mistake is to use "-ci" to mean "a lui/a loro" (to him/to them; third person singular/plural); I'm sure you will not commit the same error, of course: if you hear Italian people who say that, you will know that they are wrong. You can correct them!  

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